Florence Police: “Terry Prime Suspect in Attacks”

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Police have released new information tonight in the arrest of a Lauderdale County man charged with breaking into a female’s apartment in Florence last week and allegedly sexually assaulting her.

Detectives are now naming Mitchell Blake Terry as the prime suspect in 3 similar attacks in Florence.

On Wednesday, Florence Police charged Terry with Sexual Assault, Burglary and Theft for incidents over the last two weeks.

Sgt. Cliff Billingsley explained how detectives caught him, “Video we got from both, we looked at both complexes, and the same vehicle appeared in both.”

That vehicle is a black Nissan Maxima.

A unit at Heathrow Apartments near Cloverdale Road was broken into, with a few items stolen.

But police say it was a very different story at Summit Ridge Apartments.

An intruder sexually assaulted a female college student during the middle of the night.

Investigators have placed Mitchell Terry in the car at both apartments.

“We’re not stopping there; we’re continuing to look at the other three cases due to the similarities,” said Sgt. Billingsley.

In fact, Billingsley says Mitchell Terry is the department’s prime suspect in the 3 previous sexual attacks against college-age females in the city.

Investigators say in all those attacks, an intruder got into the victim’s apartment during the middle of the night.

“The fact that he has been arrested for the Summit Ridge links him to the method that was used, the same method that was used in the other attacks, we’re differently looking at him very closely.”

Billingsley says his team of investigators continues to work on leads to determine exactly why these women were targeted before the attacks.

Again, Terry has not been charged with the 3 previous attacks.

Court records show Mitchell Terry is on probation for a 2010 prison sentence on theft charges.

He’s being held at the Lauderdale County Detention Center.

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